About rheinrich1422

I am a computer science major at the University of Kentucky. I am currently taking English 230 as a summer class and that is why I am setting up this blog. I have and amazing girlfriend and I am a cheerleader for UK.

Pastoral…ITS EVERYWHERE

When I went home this past weekend, I thought that I was going to get a break for the weekend.  I thought that by going home to visit my family and friends, I would get to have a relaxing weekend and not have to stress about anything.  I was leaving school and all the stresses I had behind me in Lexington while I got away.   I even thought, no offense Mr. Battista, that I wasn’t going to have to think about the word “Pastoral,” which has been ringing in my head for the past three and a half weeks now.  I was wrong!  Ever since I have entered this class, I can’t escape it.  ITS EVERYWHERE!

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Where has the American Dream gone?

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  Declaration of Independence

The above quote from the Declaration of Independence is the most well-known line in this early American document.  The purpose of this document was for the colonists to proclaim and state the reasons why a separation from Great Britain was necessary.  It was written by the Founding Fathers who are said to have been of the Christian faith and followers of God.  In this quote, the Founding Fathers inferred that everyone was created equally by their “Creator,” or God, and with this equality comes the rights of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. 

I believe that these three “unalienable rights” are key points to what we call the “American Dream.”  The American Dream is the dream of a better life with an even more promising future.  It’s what every American wants and what every family strives to achieve.  In the book “Epic of America” written by James Adams, he states that the American Dream is “that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement…” (p. 214).  When Adams wrote this, the American Dream was just that.  It was the dream of a better life filled with opportunity.  But is this still what the American Dream stands for today?  Is there still such a thing as the “American Dream?”  Or have we destroyed that image indefinitely? Continue reading

Its As Easy As Breathing

There was once a man having a hard time breathing so the man decides to go the doctor.  When he gets to the clinic, he tells the doctor, “Doctor, doctor, I’m really worried about my breathing!”  and the doctor replies “Don’t be – we’ll soon find something to stop it!”

When I heard this joke the wheels in my head got turning and a few thoughts came to my mind.  Not only did a few laughs pop out, but a few thoughts came to my head that are not laughing matters.  I love to breathe!  It is a habit that I have become accustomed to over the past twenty years, and without air I would not be able to live.  The favorite part of my day is in the morning when I wake up and head out to the front porch and take in a huge whiff of the outside air.  Not only does it wake me up but it makes me feel refreshed and alive in the morning.  This is where the main thought came to my mind.  Not only does the refreshing air make me feel alive, but it also keeps me alive. Continue reading

World Domination!

When I was growing up, I had the best positioned house a kid my age could ever have.  I lived at the end of a street that met two other streets that completed a circle.  It was great because I was the halfway point between all of my friends.  My house was the meeting point for all of my friends in all directions.  But what was even more great was the fact that right in front of my house there was a wooded area that we could never stay out of.  No matter how many times we were told to stay out, we always found ourselves going as far in as we could.  The great thing about it was that it was our own play forest.  It was our passageway to our other friends and went from one part of our town to the other.  Eventually, my parents caught on to my disappearing with my friends and made me stay out permanently. Continue reading

A Mystical Simplicity

“Rethink Possible”

AT&T got it right when they introduced their new slogan telling people to rethink possible.  Today we live in a world that is more technologically advanced than anyone ever dreamed was possible.  The lines of todays technologies have reached new levels that have proven that technology has no limitations, and virtually anything and everything is possible.  However, this was not always the case. Long ago, it used to be simple:  you had to have wings to fly and a horse to communicate over long distances.  As time has come and gone, not only have we proven these statements wrong, but we have gone above and beyond to make technology better, faster, and easier to use.  The video below is a good example of how technology has improved and is still improving today.

Lately in English class, we have been learning about the ideas of the pastoral and how they relate to our lives.  Pastoral is an attitude that relates to the country side or pasture life.  When you think of pastoral, you may think of pastures and the countryside.  You also think of long fields of grass and land consumed by animals such as sheep or cattle and their shepherds close by watching them.  In  these thoughts, two major ideas of pastoral are brought up.  The first is nostalgia, or a longing for the past or a simpler way of life.  The second idea is mystification and an escape to a better life.  In this post I will discuss how both of these ideas are related to technology. Continue reading